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Finance and Accounting Staff Profiles

Dr Ali Saedvandi
Assistant Professor

Dr Saedvandi's research interests include economic growth and development, poverty trap, overlapping generations model, financial risk management, and banking theory and practice. He has developed and published theories on protective capital and its role in the poverty trap.

Dr Asima Shirazi
Assistant Professor

Dr Shirazi's research interests include child poverty, development economics, and macroeconomic issues including economic growth, trade and foreign direct investment. She has presented papers at various international and local conferences and colloquia.

Dr Kashif Saleem

Dr Kashif Saleem
Associate Professor

Dr Kashif Saleem is a finance specialist with a keen research interest in asset pricing, energy economics, risk management, econometric modelling, asset management, valuation, corporate governance, derivatives, and emerging financial markets.

Dr Lamia Abdelaziz Obay
Associate Professor

Dr Obay’s research interests lie in the areas of financial innovation, corporate finance, bank efficiency, financial stability, and Islamic finance and banking. She has consulted for international organisations and developed and delivered training programs for finance executives.

Dr Leonie Jooste
Associate Professor

Dr Jooste is a financial accounting specialist currently on sabbatical at UOWD from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She is also a consulting professional, having acted as an expert witness on cash flows in High Court cases.

Dr Munir Lutfi
Assistant Professor

Dr Lutfi’s research interests include market based accounting research, financial fraud, accounting disclosure, auditing practices and management accounting practices. He has performed numerous professional training programs and business consultancy services.

Dr Naeem Muhammad
Associate Professor

Dr Muhammad’s research interests include Islamic banking & finance, stock market integration, stock market volatility and international finance. He has presented papers at global conferences and published in reputed international journals.

Dr Osama M Al-Hares

Dr Osama Al-Hares
Associate Professor

Dr Osama Al Hares research interests lie in financial performance, corporate valuation and value relevance, corporate governance, earnings management, accounting for goodwill and asset impairments, emerging financial markets, and accounting disclosure practices and analysis. He has extensive consultancy and training experience in banking, investment, services, and small businesses sectors.

Ms Nandini Kaul
Assistant Professor

Ms Kaul’s research interests are in the areas of statistics, microeconomic theory, and mathematical economics. She is currently undertaking a PhD with University of Wollongong in Australia, focusing on intra-trade between GCC countries.